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The Glory of God

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Thanking our Lord for His teachings in the 19th Chapter of the Psalms. Matthew Henry’s Concise Commentary is a great study tool in helping understand God’s Word.

Psalms 19

1 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.

2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.

3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

4 Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,

5 Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.

6 His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.

“The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim his wisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are left without excuse. They speak themselves to be works of God’s hands; for they must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitely wise, powerful, and good. The counter-changing of day and night is a great proof of the power of God, and calls us to observe, that, as in the kingdom of nature, so in that of providence, he forms the light, and creates the darkness, Isaiah 45:7, and sets the one against the other. The sun in the firmament is an emblem of the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the church, and the Light of the world, diffusing Divine light and salvation by his gospel to the nations of the earth. He delights to bless his church, which he has espoused to himself; and his course will be unwearied as that of the sun, till the whole earth is filled with his light and salvation. Let us pray for the time when he shall enlighten, cheer, and make fruitful every nation on earth, with the blessed salvation. They have no speech or language, so some read it, and yet their voice is heard. All people may hear these preachers speak in their own tongue the wonderful works of God. Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit we have by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyond them to the Sun of righteousness.”

7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.

8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.

10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.

“The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us than day or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun. To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of the word of God. The word translated “law,” may be rendered doctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us true religion. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert or turn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. It shows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God, and the necessity of our return to him. This testimony is sure, to be fully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what God saith, become wise unto salvation. It is a sure direction in the way of duty. It is a sure fountain of living comforts, and a sure foundation of lasting hopes. The statues of the Lord are right, just as they should be; and, because they are right, they rejoice the heart. The commandments of the Lord are pure, holy, just, and good. By them we discover our need of a Saviour; and then learn how to adorn his gospel. They are the means which the Holy Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; they bring us to a sight and sense of our sin and misery, and direct us in the way of duty. The fear of the Lord, that is, true religion and godliness, is clean, it will cleanse our way; and it endureth for ever. The ceremonial law is long since done away, but the law concerning the fear of God is ever the same. The judgments of the Lord, his precepts, are true; they are righteous, and they are so altogether; there is no unrighteousness in any of them. Gold is only for the body, and the concerns of time; but grace is for the soul, and the concerns of eternity. The word of God, received by faith, is more precious than gold; it is sweet to the soul, sweeter than honey. The pleasure of sense soon surfeit, yet never satisfy; but those of religion are substantial and satisfying; there is no danger of excess.”

11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

12 Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults.

13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.

14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.

“God’s word warns the wicked not to go on in his wicked way, and warns the righteous not to turn from his good way. There is a reward, not only after keeping, but in keeping God’s commandments. Religion makes our comforts sweet, and our crosses easy, life truly valuable, and death itself truly desirable. David not only desired to be pardoned and cleansed from the sins he had discovered and confessed, but from those he had forgotten or overlooked. All discoveries of sin made to us by the law, should drive us to the throne of grace, there to pray. His dependence was the same with that of every Christian who says, Surely in the Lord Jesus have I righteousness and strength. No prayer can be acceptable before God which is not offered in the strength of our Redeemer or Divine Kinsman, through Him who took our nature upon him, that he might redeem us unto God, and restore the long-lost inheritance. May our hearts be much affected with the excellence of the word of God; and much affected with the evil of sin, and the danger we are in of it, and the danger we are in by it.”

 
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Posted by on February 3, 2017 in God's Truth

 

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“And ALL the People…”

“Rivers of waters run down mine eyes, because they keep not thy law.” Psalm 119:136

We just went through the book of Nehemiah in our studies at  Colorado Springs Baptist Church. Chapter 8 where Ezra reads the Book of the Law (God’s Word) to all the people has always made me take a strong look at and compare it to people of our day, but this time it had me weeping for God’s church and how it has grown lax and complacent in His Laws and morals. I hear it a lot that we have had it too easy for too long in these great United States, and we are headed for a great fall because of “the people turning away from God Jehovah.” I believe more than I ever did, as I watch the minorities of people such as homosexuals and abortionists winning their battle to force everyone to condone their sinful lifestyles. Supposedly, those who call themselves Christians far outweigh this group of people, yet many sit back on their thumbs, with their heads in the sand and ignore issues like this as if maybe they will just all go away. Well, as we can see, they will not go away. In fact, they will continue to get worse and worse. We are already seeing Christians stepped on, mocked, and condemned for trying to take a stand for Godly morals and His Laws/Word. I call these few God’s  “Remnant.” Perhaps we have survived as long as we have because of this Remnant who remain faithful to Jehovah and His Word. I was recently reminded that “As the darkness grows darker, the Light shines brighter.” This is my commitment to the Lord until I go be with Him, to keep letting His Light shine through me.

Too many of our churches today do not even preach or teach the Great Commission or remission of sin through the blood of Jesus Christ. Many Pastors today are afraid to share God’s true Word or teach reverence to the one and only HOLY God by giving Him our best in all that we do, which includes how we dress before Him in HIS House and when we represent Him in service to Him, because people will not stay. So many today bring our Holy God down to their level instead of lifting Him up as He deserves to be lifted up. As a Holy God, He deserves for us to take some extra time and effort, to go to what we think of as a hassle, to reverence Him in our attire and our behaviour. We do not mind dressing up for a friend’s wedding out of respect for them, but it seems to be okay to enter God’s House or do service to Him dressed like we are going to the gym or a b-b-q. Does He not deserve even more respect than our friend?! Many only want to hear what makes them feel good or comfortable as they continue living in lives of sin – itching ears which have grown deaf to God’s truth. Many of today’s churches do whatever the world asks them because they need their money to survive. The church has become their ‘business’ –  some even stealing from God by taking money from things like Missions Accounts, and seemingly getting away with it. “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.” (Romans 12:19) I would not want to be in that pastors’ shoes! I say to these so-called men of God, “Grow up in the LORD and stick to His true Word.” He is still on His throne and in control, and you will be held most accountable when you stand before Him. Trust Him to bring people in – people who need and want to hear the truth. People who are sick and hurting and need to be healed/saved and can only be healed by the hand of our Great Physician, Jesus Christ. If people leave because we are sticking to God’s Laws and reverencing Him as His Word commands, let them leave. They usually end up being a doorway for evil anyway. Perhaps after a time of pain and sorrow in the world, they will return ready for the truth. I say that because I have certainly been down that path in my journey to know the LORD more.

Just yesterday we watched coverage as it was happening on the news of  terrorist excrement (I will not even bother to name them and give them any notoriety) committing acts of murder on innocent people they call infidels in France. Do you really kid yourselves that that cannot happen in our great country? Look where we have come in our abomination lifestyles and celebrating sin more than committing our lives to our Loving and Holy LORD. This country has turned from its God and Creator who founded it through our forefathers. With the ready access to social media and news outlets today, you cannot tell me that you are not aware of the thousands of these extreme Muslims right here among us, and they come over our open borders daily with other illegals. We WILL get what we deserve. I know that our God has allowed this evil atrocity in our White House, who laughs at our Constitution and makes his own laws, for the purpose of bringing this sin-laden country to its knees and back to Him. We are going to have to go through some terrible times which we have never seen before, to lead ALL the people to “gather themselves together AS ONE” and hear God’s true Word  again, and not some corrupted version that leaves out what people do not want to hear because it convicts them of their sin.

Some background leading up to Ezra Chapter 8:

From the beginning, God had promised to bless the people of Israel (you could place the United States here) if they obeyed Him and to curse them if they disobeyed Him. The times when His people were taken captive (by the Assyrians in 722 B.C., the Babylonians in 586 B.C., and the Medo-Persians in 539 B.C.) were times when God used the heathens to discipline His children for their disobedience. The burning and destruction of Solomon’s temple by the Babylonians and its rebuilding 70 years later was foretold by Jeremiah in Chapter 25:11 and 29:10 – “And this whole land shall be a desolation, and an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years; For thus saith the LORD, That after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, in causing you to return to this place,” to assure the people that God would preserve a faithful remnant of His people. I believe that God’s Remnant will be taken from this earth at any moment. God help this world when that happens. Turn to God! You do not want to be left behind to face what God is going to allow to turn those who continue to reject Him toward Him. Read the book of Revelation.

Though the Assyrians and the Babylonians brought the captives to their empires, the Medo-Persians treated them as refugees and let them return to their own land. So, in 538 B.C., Cyrus issued orders to begin rebuilding the temple, and the 1st of 3 groups of post-exiled Jews went back to Jerusalem under the leadership of Sheshbazzar and Zerubabbel. The temple was completed in 516 B.C. The 2nd group of exiles returned in 458 B.C. with Ezra who followed God’s guidance in leading the people back to Him spiritually. In 445 B.C., King Artaxerxes I issued his decree for Nehemiah to lead the 3rd group to begin rebuilding the wall and the gates of Jerusalem.

Nehemiah was also led of God to bring the people back to a spiritual relationship with Jehovah by obeying His Laws. Nehemiah’s reforms helped to preserve Jewish identity, protecting it from compromise with its pagan neighbors, until God’s promised seed of Abraham, Jesus the Messiah, entered the scene. The book of Nehemiah was the last recorded history of Israel in the Old Testament, beginning the silent years before the New Testament.

The man of God, Nehemiah, was a man of prayer. There are 10 recorded prayers ranging from the quick “arrow prayer” when God gave him opportunity to make his request to King Artaxerxes – Nehemiah 2:4 “Then the king said unto me, For what dost thou make request? So I prayed to the God of heaven.” (right then and there) to the Bible’s longest recorded prayer in Nehemiah 9. There are prayers of confession and repentance, delivered in mourning with sackcloth and ashes, and prayers of praise and adoration, delivered with jubilant singing and musical instruments. There are prayers of supplication in weakness – Nehemiah 6:9, and prayers for God’s judgment on Nehemiah’s enemies in Nehemiah 4:4, 5. Most of all, Nehemiah desired the approval of God more than the approval of man. His walk in faith was balanced with prayer and action. He prayed and then put his request  before the king; he prayed and then “set a watch” (Neh. 4:9). He exhorted the people to “remember the Lord..and fight” (Neh. 4:14). How else could they have rebuilt the walls and gates of the city in just 52 days?!

Our evil enemies (also enemies of God) oppose us and try to engage us in strong spiritual warfare when we do His work. satan’s purpose is to destroy God’s people and God’s work. I see the hand of evil succeeding more in its work today than ever because God’s people have turned from following Him. Maybe it is easier for some to go the way of the world than to fight God’s battles, which should in fact be His children’s battles. We must follow Nehemiah’s example by combating evil with continual prayer, single-mindedness, wisdom, and righteous living. AND WE NEED ALL OF GOD’S PEOPLE DOING THAT, NOT JUST HIS REMNANT!

Nehemiah Chapter 8:1-12 “Ezra Reads the Book of the Law”

  1. And ALL the people gathered themselves together AS ONE MAN into the street that was before the water gate; and they spake unto Ezra the scribe to bring the book of the law of Moses, which the LORD had commanded to Israel.
  2. And Ezra the priest brought the law before the congregation both of men and women, and all that could hear with understanding, upon the first day of the seventh month. (Women and children, though they did not participate in regular temple functions, came together on such solemn occasions: Deut. 31:12; Joshua 8:35. Presumably “all that could hear with understanding” referred to children old enough to understand. This rediscovery of the Word of God was evidently meant for everyone in the family. Many may never have heard it before this time.)
  3. And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those tht could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
  4. And Ezra the scribe stood upon a pulpit of wood, which they had made for the purpose; and beside him stood Mat-ti-thi-ah, She-ma, and A-nai-ah, and U-ri-jah, and Hil-ki-ah, and Ma-a-sei-ah, on his right hand; and on his left hand, Pe-dai-ah, and Mi-sha-el, and Mal-chi-ah, and Ha-shum, and Hash-bad-a-na, Zech-a-ri-ah, and Me-shul-lam.
  5. And Ezra opened the book in the sight of all the people; (for he was above all the people;) and when he opened it, all the people stood up: (they reverenced our Holy God by standing in respect for Him and His Law)
  6. And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And ALL the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground. (Just as in days past, we can take it to the bank that we will go through consequences of turning our backs on our LORD, because unfortunately it takes horrendous events to bring us back to a right relationship with our righteous and Holy God.)
  7. Also Jesh-u-a, and Ba-ni, and Sher-e-bi-ah, Ja-min, Ak-kub, Shab-be-thai, Ho-di-jah, Ma-a-sei-ah, Ke-li-ta, Az-a-ri-ah, Jo-za-bad, Ha-nan, Pe-lai-ah, and the Levites, caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place. (While Ezra read the Scripture from the Hebrew text, the Levites translated and explained the meaning in Aramaic, the language understood by the people. The people “stood” as a sign of reverence for the Word. This reading, interpretation, and even standing later became part of the synagogue worship services and can be seen in some Christian churches today. I am glad to say that CSBC does stand in honor and reverence to God as His Scripture is read before the message.)
  8. So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.
  9. And Ne-hem-i-ah, which is the Tir-sha-tha, and Ezra the priest the scribe, and the Levites that taught the people, said unto all the people, This day is holy unto the LORD your God; mourn not, nor weep. For all the people wept, when they heard the words of the law. (They were convicted by God’s Word, that is the power it has when we truly hear it, and they repented with weeping and mourning when they heard the Word because they realized how disobedient they had been. Oh, that God’s children would hear God’s true Word today and know their disobedience, repent and turn back to Him.)
  10. Then he said unto them, Go your way, eat the fat, and drink the sweet, and send portions unto them for whom nothing is prepared: for this day is holy unto our Lord: neither be ye sorry; for the joy of the LORD is your strength. (Once we understand our sinfulness and repent and turn back to God, we can then let go of our guilt and joy in God’s forgiveness.)
  11. So the Levites stilled all the people, saying, Hold your peace, for the day is holy: neither be ye grieved.
  12. And all the people went their way to eat, and to drink, and to send portions, and to make great mirth, because they had understood the words that were declared to them. (I am not sure when God will Rapture His church from this world, but I do believe it will be sooner than most think. I find it very sad that many may not enjoy this joy and mirth until we go be with Jesus, after He wipes our mournful tears from our eyes, when we realize our lack of obedience and honor to Him while we were here. Come quickly Lord Jesus.)
 
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Posted by on November 14, 2015 in God's Truth

 

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What is Believer’s Baptism?

The Truth From God’s Word of Believer’s Baptism

The Biblical reason for Baptism is so that all who have trusted Christ as Saviour may promptly make public our profession of Christ. Each new Christian should follow the Lord’s command for believer’s baptism, and this Scriptural baptism is always by immersion (after salvation). Baptism itself does not save, it is the Lord’s prescribed way for us to identify ourselves with Him in open confession, and it is a symbolic representation, a picture of the death, burial and resurrection of Christ. It also aids to keep us accountable to our commitment to henceforth let Jesus be the Lord of our lives.

Romans 10:9-10 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

Acts 16:29-34 “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, and brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved? And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house. And they spake unto him the word of the Lord, and to all that were in his house. And he took them the same hour of the night, and washed their stripes; and was baptized, he and all his, straightway. And when he had brought them into his house, he set meat before them, and rejoiced, believing in God with all his house.”

Matthew 10:32-33 “Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 28:18-20 “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen”

Luke 9:23 “And he said to them all, if any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.”

Anything other than this is simply some humans’ deceived, twisting of God’s Word to meet their own opinion.

If you are unsure that you are truly saved by the blood of the Lamb Jesus, please click here or the link “The Only Way” at the top of the page.

 
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Posted by on July 31, 2014 in God's Truth

 

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Do You Truly Have God’s Seal?

“In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise,” Ephesians 1:13

Traveling by air today requires that you first go through airport security and present your identification before you can board your plane. And when the TSA agents pull out a mysterious little light and run it over your driver’s license, they are authenticating it. They are making sure that everything is legitimate. With that little light, they can find a mark that isn’t visible to you. But they can see it with their light.

There is a mark on believers that God can see. He knows who belongs to Him. But during the Tribulation period, there also will be a mark on the people of the Antichrist (see Revelation 13:16–18).

When Christ comes into our lives, we are sealed with the Holy Spirit. The Bible says, “In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, who is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory” (Ephesians 1:13–14).

In ancient days, when a king would send something, he would seal it. The seal from his signet ring, imprinted in the wax, essentially said, “This belongs to the king. Don’t mess with it.”

As a believer, you belong to the King. He has sealed you. He has marked you. You have his ID tag on you. You are his property.

An elderly gentleman who was known for his godly life was asked, “What do you do when you are tempted?”

He said, “I just look up to heaven and say, ‘Lord, Your property is in danger.’ ”

Do you have God’s mark? Is His I. D. tag attached to you? Can you proudly say that you belong to Him?

From Pastor Greg Laurie – Thank you Pastor Greg

Harvest: Greg Laurie

 
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Posted by on June 21, 2013 in God's Love

 

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Thanksgiving-What Really Took Place

Our great nation is, more than ever, under attack by the evil forces in this world who hate God. As we pray for God’s will, He is on His throne, we must also take responsibility as His children to do our part. We most assuredly need to pray and take action to change the current administration in our White House. But, as that happens, we must continue to fall on our knees and cry out and repent and turn from our evil ways of the world. I am once again reminded of 2 Chronicles 7:14 “If MY PEOPLE, WHICH ARE CALLED BY MY NAME, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their WICKED WAYS; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (Emphasis mine.) There are far too many who claim God’s saving grace, but continue to live in sin and teach others that it is ok, just be good. At this Thanksgiving time of year, let us become more attentive and responsible for and to God’s truths. “To whom much is given, much is required!”

“This is an article reprinted by permission in it’s entirety from The Christian Law Association’s website. It contains truths that are never heard in our schools or media today. Due to the pernicious demand that we must have a “separation of church and state” by the anti-God crowd, the truth of our country’s Godly heritage has been virtually drowned out. Hopefully this article will help you to see that God is real and that He is still at work.” (Images added by Anna.)

Americans are beginning to forget the important origins of our national Thanksgiving holiday. Its spiritual significance is no longer taught in our nation’s public schools. In fact, most school children today are taught that Thanksgiving originated when the Pilgrims invited their Indian friends to dinner to thank them for providing sustenance after the Mayflower landed. As with much of modern American revisionist history, there really is much more to the story.

Richard Warren, among 10 passengers in the lan...

Coming to America
The Atlantic crossing in the fall of 1620 had been an extremely difficult journey for the Pilgrims. For two months, 102 people were wedged into what was called the “tween decks” of the Mayflower-the ship’s cargo space with only about five-and-a-half feet of headroom. No one was allowed above deck because of the terrible storms. This was no pleasure trip. The Pilgrims comforted themselves on their journey by singing from the Book of Psalms. This “noise” irritated one of the ship’s paid crewmembers. He told the Pilgrims he was looking forward to throwing their corpses overboard after they succumbed to the routine illnesses common on such voyages. As it turned out, this crewmember himself was the only person to die on the voyage and be thrown overboard. God providentially protected His own people. A little-known fact about the Mayflower is that this ship normally carried a cargo of wine; and the wine spillage from previous voyages had soaked the beams, acting as a disinfectant to prevent the spread of disease. During one terrible storm, the main beam of the mast cracked. Death was certain if this beam could not be repaired. At that moment, the whole Pilgrim adventure could very easily have ended on the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean. Providentially, the Pilgrims had with them a large iron printing press screw. That screw repaired the beam, saving the ship and all on board.

“Land Ho!”

Mayflower arrived inside the tip of Cape Cod f...

After sixty-six days at sea, land was sighted off Cape Cod, Massachusetts, not the place these Pilgrims wanted to be. They intended to establish their new colony in the northern parts of Virginia (which then extended to the Hudson River in modern-day New York), but two factors interrupted their plans. The winds had blown them off course, yes; but they later learned that other Englishmen who wanted to settle in the same part of Virginia had actually bribed the ship’s crew to land them farther north. Despite this chicanery, God was in charge and the Pilgrims landed exactly where God wanted them to be. Had they actually made landfall near the Hudson River, they most certainly would have been immediately attacked by hostile Indians. Instead, they arrived at the one spot along the coast where hostile Indians had been providentially removed from the land. Many years before the Mayflower journey, local Indians had captured a Frenchman on a fishing expedition to that region. Just as they were about to kill him, the Frenchman warned them God would be angry, would destroy them all, and would replace them with another nation. The Indians boastfully replied that his God could never kill them. Yet, a year or two before the Pilgrims arrived in this very same region, nearly all the native inhabitants had been wiped out by a plague.

Help Arrives
Despite this miraculous provision of safety from hostile Indians, the Pilgrims barely survived their first winter on the Cape. Only four families remained intact; but God was still faithful. In the spring of 1621, He sent Squanto, an English-speaking Indian who offered to teach the Pilgrims how to survive in this strange new land. Squanto was one of only a few local Indians who escaped the plague. He had been captured as a young man and taken to England as a slave. During that time he mastered the English language. When he was freed, he returned to his native territory on the Cape shortly before the Pilgrims arrived.

How Well The Corn Prospered. Squanto or Tisqua...

Probably the most important thing Squanto
taught the Pilgrims was how to plant the native winter staple crop-corn. The Pilgrims thanked God for this wonderful helper. They also repaid Squanto by sharing with him the most valuable treasure they had brought with them from England-the Gospel. Squanto died a year or two after coming to the aid of the Pilgrims, but before his death he asked them to pray with him that he might go to be with their God in Heaven.

Peace and Thankfulness
Squanto introduced other Indians to the Pilgrims, and these Indians were also impressed with the Pilgrims’ God.

Prayer

During the summer of 1621, it appeared the year’s corn harvest would not survive a severe drought. The Pilgrims responded by calling for a day of fasting and prayer. By the end of the day, it was raining. The rain saved the corn, which miraculously sprang back to life. One of the Indians who observed this miracle remarked that the Pilgrims’ God must be a very great God because when the Indians pow-wowed for rain, it always rained so hard that the corn stalks were broken down. They noticed the Pilgrims’ God acted differently by sending a very gentle rain that did not damage the corn harvest. It was that miraculous corn harvest in 1621 that provided grain for the Pilgrims’ first Thanksgiving meal with their Indian friends and helpers. The evidence of history shows that on this first Thanksgiving Day, both the Pilgrims and Indians thanked God for His great provision and for His goodness toward them all. Unlike other Europeans who came to America, these Bible-believing Pilgrims were model Christians in their dealings with the native populations. During their first year on the Cape, Squanto, acting as a friend and interpreter, had assisted the Pilgrims in negotiating an important peace treaty with Chief Massasoit, leader of the nearby Wampanoag Indians. The two populations, Indian and Pilgrim, kept that treaty of peace for more than fifty years.

The Tradition Continues
The story of Thanksgiving doesn’t end there. The holiday itself was not officially celebrated until almost 170 years later, after the Revolutionary War had been won and our American Constitution had been adopted.

Detail of Preamble to Constitution of the Unit...

In 1789, Congress approved the Bill of Rights, the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Congress then “recommended a day of public thanksgiving and prayer” to thank God for blessing America. President Washington declared November 26, 1789, as the first national day of prayer and thanksgiving to the Lord. Another 75 years later, after the Civil War ended, President Abraham Lincoln officially established the last Thursday in November as a day to acknowledge “the gracious gifts of the Most High God,” which He had bestowed on America. Every president continued this tradition until 1941 when Congress officially made Thanksgiving a national holiday.

Teach Your Children

Now that you know the true story of Thanksgiving, this year make sure your children and grandchildren learn it too. As America is currently facing serious challenges both at home and abroad, let’s join together with countless generations before us in giving thanks to God for blessing and preserving our nation. Let’s make sure that all our children and grandchildren learn Whose hand of protection has been on America; and let’s all pray that He will continue to bless and sustain our nation as we continue to acknowledge and honor Him.

From your friends at:
‘Old Paths’ Baptist Ministries
1482 N. Ramah Drive – Pueblo West, CO 81007
Dr. Robert E. Bliss, Director/Evangelist
[719] 248-9036 or http://www.opbm.org

A Ministry out of:
Lighthouse Baptist Church
4280 Hopeful Drive – Colorado Springs, CO 80917
Dr. James Carroll, Pastor
[719] 444-8502 or http://www.Ibcsprings.com

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2011 in God's Love

 

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